Erik Being Magical (Again)

If you look at the standings in the East, the four seed Miami Heat looks like a typo. Or, a fantasy. The three teams ahead of them will probably send (5) players to L.A. for the All-Star game next month while the Heat will send none. The teams below them, Washington, Milwaukee and Detroit, will…

Lakers Basketball Is The Opposite of Joy

It was almost two years ago when Luke Walton wanted us to believe that basketball was joy. He had yet to coach a game for the Lakers and appeared before the media with his loving take on the game. But that was in the golden hour, nothing had been accomplished. He had yet to be…

The Mystery of Eric Gordon is Over

If such a thing exists as a fall from grace then the professional life of Eric Gordon has tragically encompassed the essence of it: exceptionalism followed by bad luck, injury, fate and suffering. The one and done player  from Indiana University, the All-Star in training, the prolific perimeter scorer, suddenly became known as the answer…

Earl Watson Out, Eric Bledsoe Is Next

In the spring of 2016, it was good to be an unemployed NBA coach. Tom Thibodeau was the glamour free agent that everyone was gravitating towards and talking about. Next on the list was Jeff Van Gundy. Scott Brooks was on the short list because Brooks, many thought, had the inside track to Kevin Durant. But…

The Hawks Have a Perception Problem

Two years ago, the Hawks were sitting pretty as the best team with the best record in the Eastern Conference. The only thing to ruffle their feathers was the Thabo Sefolosha broken leg by cop injury. And the collective media shout that no way, no how, hell would have to freeze over before they beat…

Dirk and Retirement? Not So Fast

The Achilles tendon bothered two of the greatest scorers in NBA history. Kobe Bryant never fully recovered from his torn Achilles and Dirk Nowitzki dealt with Achilles pain early in the season last year.  No matter. Nowitzki will return to the court for his 20th year and possibly, if he feels like it, his 21st.…

Who Is Kyle Lowry Going to Say No To?

A day after it was rumored by “sources” that Kyle Lowry had zero interest in returning to Toronto, Lowry set the record straight. Don’t believe anything until you hear it from him. Masai Ujiri basically followed that up with “Lowry told me he wants to be here.”  Ujiri, the Raptors GM, hopes so, and even…